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    SAN FRANCISCO - SEPTEMBER 09: A display shows the range of colors for the new iPod Nano with video capabilities during an Apple special event September 9, 2009 in San Francisco, California. Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced a new version of iTunes, new pricing for iPod Touch music players and a new version of the iPod Nano with video capabilities. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    Silicon Valley is well represented in Barron's new list of "Most Respected Companies."

    Apple leads the list, with one quote pointing out that you could have slept through the last few years and looked at Apple's stock performance and never realized we went through a recession.

    Johnson and Johnson was number two - that company has a diabetes research center in Milpitas.

    Google and Cisco were 8 and 9.

    Here's the list:

       1. Apple
       2. Johnson & Johnson
       3. Procter and Gamble
       4. IBM
       5. Berkshire Hathaway
       6. Toyota Motor
       7. McDonalds
       8. Google
       9. Cisco
      10. Amazon

    The strange one is Toyota - but note this list is based on a survey of money managers that was done some months ago.

    The biggest one year climb was Google, from 23 last year to 8, the biggest fall was General Electric, from 43 to 74.  It was No. 1 in 2005.